Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Identifier

4856

Date

2016

Date of Award

11-28-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts

Major

Creative Writing

Committee Chair

John Bensko

Committee Member

Richard Boada

Committee Member

Cristina Cervone

Abstract

Bright Along the Body is a collection of poetry that explores the nature of desire within the liminal space of marriage. The poems fuse domestic, garden, and urban wildlife imagery to explore the speaker's conflicting physical, spiritual, and emotional desires. The speaker subverts her own longings by cultivating a psychological space that is beautiful and lonely, representing transcendence that may be read as dissociation. Feminist themes of safety and independence inform the collection, which is sectioned in three parts to represent conflict, interiority, and resolution. The poems are stylistically diverse and music-rich, showing affinity for both contemporary poetry and tradition.

Comments

Data is provided by the student.

Library Comment

dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.

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